History In The Headlines

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A New Golden Age for Silver?

Helping antibiotics fight powerful drug-resistant bacteria is only the latest non-monetary use that humans have found for silver throughout history.

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The Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete

By analyzing concrete used to build 2,000-year-old Roman structures, a team of scientists may have found a longer-lasting, greener alternative to modern cement.

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8 Things You May Not Know About West Virginia

On the 150th anniversary of West Virginia’s admission to the Union, learn eight surprising facts about America’s 35th state.

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Brandenburg Gate: A Brief History

Berlin’s triumphal arch has played witness to some of the most significant moments in modern history.

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Remembering Space’s Female Pioneers

As we honor the historic heights reached by both Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride, here’s a look back at 50 years of women in space.

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Archaeologists Discover “Lost City” in Cambodian Jungle

Using state-of-the-art laser technology, a team of Australian archaeologists have uncovered a 1,200-year-old city hidden in the depths of the Cambodian jungle.

An employee monitors an incoming telegram at a telecommunications office in Bangalore. (Credit: Getty Images)

The End of an Era: India Shutters its Telegraph System

After more than 160 years, India is set to shut down all telegraph services due to the rising ubiquity of smartphones, email and texting.

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Golf’s Greatest Surprise, 100 Years Ago

When Francis Ouimet—a working-class amateur with a 10-year-old caddie—beat the top pros in the 1913 U.S. Open, he changed golf forever.

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English Channel Yields Rare World War II Find

A British museum has recovered the wreckage of a Luftwaffe plane shot down during the Battle of Britain.

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7 Things You Should Know About Medgar Evers

On the 50th anniversary of his death, explore the life and legacy of the civil rights pioneer.

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Secretariat’s Record-Breaking Run, 40 Years Later

Forty years after he entered the history books, check out some surprising facts about an American equine icon.

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57 Years, 177 Days and Counting: John Dingell Jr. Makes History

A Michigan congressman has become America’s longest-serving member of Congress.

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In Connecticut, Wright Brothers No Longer “First in Flight”

The Connecticut Senate has passed legislation effectively stripping Wilbur and Orville Wright of recognition for the first powered flight in history.